Special Issue "Selected Papers from LightMat 2019"

A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 June 2020

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Joseph D Robson

School of Materials, University of Manchester, MSS Tower, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
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Interests: : Aluminium alloys; magnesium alloys; metallurgy; thermomechanical processing; modelling and simulation
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Philip B Prangnell

School of Materials, University of Manchester, MSS Tower, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
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Interests: Aluminium alloys; magnesium alloys; titanium alloys; metallurgy; thermomechanical processing; microstructural analysis; additive manufacturing; welding and joining
Guest Editor
Dr. Martin Jackson

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD, UK
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Interests: Titanium alloys; powder metallurgy; thermomechanical processing; microstructural analysis; modelling and simulation
Guest Editor
Dr. Axel von Hehl

Leibniz Institute for Materials Engineering - IWT, University of Bremen, Badgasteiner Str. 3, 28359 Bremen, Germany
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Interests: alloy development for additive manufacturing; multi-material design; hybrid materials; selective laser melting; heat treatment; joining

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The manufacture of light alloys (Al, Mg, Ti) into advanced wrought products is widely recognised as a key technology for a sustainable future. Light alloys are mass efficient, cost effective, and highly recyclable. 85% of the market in light alloys is in wrought products, formed during manufacture to achieve their required shape, microstructure, and properties. Rapid growth in the transport market and the emerging potential of digital simulation has produced an unprecedented climate for commercial opportunities in high value-added manufacturing with these materials. These opportunities include exponential growth in electric vehicles, new alloy developments, emerging flexible forming processes, and novel recycling technologies.

Challenges and opportunities in light metals are the focus of LightMAT 2019 (https://lightmat2019.dgm.de/home/), the 3rd International Conference on Light Materials, to be held 5th-7th November 2019 in Manchester, UK. LightMAT provides a global forum for academia and industry to showcase the latest innovations in aluminium, magnesium, and titanium science and technology. Topics will include

  • processing,
  • additive manufacturing,
  • alloy development,
  • characterization, and simulation.

A special session on light metal forming will present the latest developments in this fast-moving field.

This Special Issue on “Light Materials” is set to publish selected works presented at this event, in order to share recent progress and new achievements in this emerging field with broader scientific and industrial communities.

Prof. Joseph D Robson
Prof. Philip B Prangnell
Dr. Martin Jackson
Dr. Axel von Hehl
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Metals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Processing
  • Light Metal Forming
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Applications and performance
  • Alloy Development, Joining
  • Multi-material and hybrid designs
  • Characterization and testing
  • Computational materials design and engineering

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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